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How Immersion Helps to Learn a New Language

How Immersion Helps to Learn a New Language | educational implications | Scoop.it
Learning a foreign language is never easy, but contrary to common wisdom, it is possible for adults to process a language the same way a native speaker does. And over time, the processing improves even when the skill goes unused, researchers are reporting.

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Dissection of an Argument - Toolkit For Thinking

Dissection of an Argument - Toolkit For Thinking | educational implications | Scoop.it
Toolkit of ideas and techniques to help your creative and critical thinking including problem solving, logical fallacies and decision making.
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This resource may be of help for those in writing, education, and other fields where critical thinking is necessary for production and for producing value. Along with keeping rhetorical fallacies at hand. 

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Humans selectively edit reality before accepting it, a review of decades of behavior shows

Humans selectively edit reality before accepting it, a review of decades of behavior shows | educational implications | Scoop.it
Knowledge is power, so the saying goes, which makes it all the more striking how determined humans are to avoid useful information. Research in psychology, economics, and sociology has, over the course of several decades, highlighted countless examples of cases where humans are apt to ignore information. A review of these earlier studies by Carnegi
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Direct evidence of role of sleep in memory formation is uncovered

Direct evidence of role of sleep in memory formation is uncovered | educational implications | Scoop.it
A Rutgers University, Newark and Collége de France, Paris, research team has pinpointed for the first time the mechanism that takes place during sleep that causes learning and memory formation to occur, according to research published in Nature Neuroscience.
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What Is It Like to Learn Math In a Different Language?

What Is It Like to Learn Math In a Different Language? | educational implications | Scoop.it
When a math lesson is taught in Welsh, educators develop an understanding of techniques for teaching mathematical language and concepts at the same time.
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What the super survivors can teach us about resilience

What the super survivors can teach us about resilience | educational implications | Scoop.it
Nothing can prepare us for the adversity life can throw at us.

We can't be sure whether our spirit would beam with resilience in the face of adversity or it would end up irreparably broken until we experience such situation.

So what makes a story of resilience successful? For one, it can be keeping on going and living a decent life after a tragedy. For another, it is to keep an attitude of enough even when homeless.

When we look adversity into its gaping mouth and walk through it without giving up, it's a great success in itself.

Every day millions of ordinary people face extraordinary hardships.

And sometimes these people grow into someone extraordinary.

You know them. You've heard of them!

They don't just survive.

They thrive and soar.

Their immense adversity sets them on fire. A fire burning with freedom and as if they no longer fear getting burned, they get back up in whatever manner imaginable and contribute to the world in remarkable ways.

They share heartbreaking and inspiring stories.

Those stories put our lives into perspective, but they are not to be compared or competed with instead we can learn from them and get inspired.

How did the super resilient get through adversity and thrive? What can we learn from them? And most importantly can we change our lives by enhancing and adapting some of the skills the super survivors possess?

Let's dive in and see what a resilient person is made of.
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When I saw the title, I thought of Viktor Frankl and a search for meaning in life.
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Why tyrants are afraid of art and beauty

Why tyrants are afraid of art and beauty | educational implications | Scoop.it
Art is a power, and much of its true power is invisible, private, memorised and held even in prison cells and on forced marches, so you can see why totalitarians of all kinds dislike it. You can see why Soviet Russia and Bible Belt America had to resist rock and roll, why Nazi leaders would ban the work of decadent artists, Jewish artists, black artists, of all the untermenschen - while secretly appropriating its glamour and comfort for themselves - or why suspected communists would be prevented from making films in McCarthy's Hollywood, why the Bamiyan Buddhas had to be destroyed, why the Dubrovnik world heritage site had to be shelled, why it would seem amusing and powerful to compel musicians to play while people screamed in gas chambers, why in most years, somewhere books are burned, or why the Khmer Rouge would ban the word for sleep, or kill a girl - as it was put - "because she was too beautiful". The control of our art is very often to prevent us from being too beautiful, independently sustained by beauty from uncontrollable sources - beautiful for ourselves, beautiful for others.

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We Need To Educate Kids For The Future, Not The Past. Here’s How:

We Need To Educate Kids For The Future, Not The Past. Here’s How: | educational implications | Scoop.it
instead of cramming their heads full of disparate facts, we need to give them the ability to explore things for themselves, take in new information, make sense of it and communicate what they’ve learned to others. In a world where technology is steadily taking over tasks that were once thought of distinctly human, those are the skills that will be most crucial.
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Trapper Keeper Legacy: Why They Became Contraband In Schools

The Trapper Keeper is one of the most famous school tools ever created, but annoyed teachers and tiny lockers have kept them out of kids' hands for years.
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How Big Data Traps People in Poverty

How Big Data Traps People in Poverty | educational implications | Scoop.it
Surveillance and public-benefits programs gather large amounts of information on low-income people, feeding opaque algorithms that can trap them in poverty.
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Metric Tide - Higher Education Funding Council for England

The main findings of the review include the following: 

There is considerable scepticism among researchers, universities, representative bodies and learned societies about the broader use of metrics in research assessment and management.
Peer review, despite its flaws, continues to command widespread support as the primary basis for evaluating research outputs, proposals and individuals. However, a significant minority are enthusiastic about greater use of metrics, provided appropriate care is taken.
Carefully selected indicators can complement decision-making, but a ‘variable geometry’ of expert judgement, quantitative indicators and qualitative measures that respect research diversity will be required.
There is legitimate concern that some indicators can be misused or ‘gamed’: journal impact factors, university rankings and citation counts being three prominent examples.
The data infrastructure that underpins the use of metrics and information about research remains fragmented, with insufficient interoperability between systems.
Analysis concluded that that no metric can currently provide a like-for-like replacement for REF peer review.
In assessing research outputs in the REF, it is not currently feasible to assess research outputs or impacts in the REF using quantitative indicators alone.
In assessing impact in the REF, it is not currently feasible to use quantitative indicators in place of narrative case studies. However, there is scope to enhance the use of data in assessing research environments. 
The review identified 20 recommendations for further work and action by stakeholders across the UK research system.
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The 2017 Criminal Justice Reform Act

The 2017 Criminal Justice Reform Act | educational implications | Scoop.it
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 6th signature proposal of his 2017 agenda: delivering comprehensive criminal justice reform to fix the broken front end of the criminal justice system. The xxx reform package will lead the nation by working to address the root causes of poverty, crime and incarceration that trap too many New Yorkers and weaken our families and communities. New York will begin by reforming our state’s antiquated bail system to take into account the threat a defendant poses to public safety when making bail and release decisions. The state will also increase the number of judges, adding 30 statewide to hear criminal matters, as well as develop and formalize an effective administration approach to ensure New Yorkers constitutional right to a speedy trial.

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The neuroscience of inequality: does poverty show up in children's brains?

The neuroscience of inequality: does poverty show up in children's brains? | educational implications | Scoop.it

Poverty is getting established as a health issue, impacting brain development, not just performance in education. What’s more, the data indicated that small increases in family income had a much larger impact on the brains of the poorest children than similar increases among wealthier children. And Noble’s data also suggested that when a family falls below a certain basic level of income, brain growth drops off precipitously. Children from families making less than $25,000 suffered the most, with 6% less brain surface area than peers in families making $150,000 or more.

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What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? – James Livingston | Aeon Essays

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? – James Livingston | Aeon Essays | educational implications | Scoop.it
the Oxford economists who study employment trends tell us that almost half of existing jobs, including those involving ‘non-routine cognitive tasks’ – you know, like thinking – are at risk of death by computerisation within 20 years. They’re elaborating on conclusions reached by two MIT economists in the book Race Against the Machine (2011). Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley types who give TED talks have started speaking of ‘surplus humans’ as a result of the same process – cybernated production. Rise of the Robots, a new book that cites these very sources, is social science, not science fiction.
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Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking

Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking | educational implications | Scoop.it
In this series on systems thinking, I share the key insights and tools needed to develop and advance a systems mindset for dealing with complex problem solving and transitioning to the Circular…
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How Fidelity-Of-Implementation of the QFT Can Impact Student Outcomes

How Fidelity-Of-Implementation of the QFT Can Impact Student Outcomes | educational implications | Scoop.it


How Fidelity-Of-Implementation of the QFT Can Impact Student Outcomes.


Achieving high quality fidelity-of-implementation of any intervention without adaptation is not always easily achieved, wanted, or feasible. In fact, many scholars are beginning to speak of integrity-of-implementation over fidelity-of-implementation—what are the core elements of the intervention that have to be in place in order to achieve positive outcomes? The Right Question Institute has worked to identify such core steps of the QFT that can be facilitated in order to achieve positive outcomes. Likewise, our research suggests that implementing the QFT in the classroom with either high fidelity, high dosage, or both, will lead to positive outcomes for youth curiosity, divergent thinking, school engagement, and self-efficacy.

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Lies my parents told me

Lies my parents told me | educational implications | Scoop.it
Parents say that honesty is the best policy, but they regularly lie to their children as a way of influencing their behavior and emotions, finds new research from the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Diego. The researchers refer to this practice as "parenting by lying." "We are surprised by how often parenting by lying takes place," said Lee. "Moreover, our findings showed that even the parents who most strongly promoted the importance of honesty with their children engaged in parenting by lying."
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The Common Beliefs We Get Wrong

The Common Beliefs We Get Wrong | educational implications | Scoop.it
As a society, we often overvalue unimportant things and undervalue the ideas and strategies that make a real difference.
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We adjust the pitch of our voice based on the status of who we’re talking to

We adjust the pitch of our voice based on the status of who we’re talking to | educational implications | Scoop.it
Whether we raise or lower our voice in the company of a high status person depends on how confident and dominant we feel about ourselves. By Lexie Thorpe
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How long before a robot takes your job? Here’s when AI experts think it will happen

How long before a robot takes your job? Here’s when AI experts think it will happen | educational implications | Scoop.it
A survey of artificial intelligence experts reveals when they think robots will outperform humans at a range of tasks.

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From White Canes To Indoor Nav: A Modern History of Assistive Technology for the Blind

From White Canes To Indoor Nav: A Modern History of Assistive Technology for the Blind | educational implications | Scoop.it

Every life is defined by the unique set of challenges one must overcome, and blind folks — just like their sighted peers — often need some assistance when it comes to conquering the obstacles life throws their way. 


To the layman, as so much of our lives have become contained within a screen, the technological revolution of the past few decades would seem disastrous for the blind community, but in many respects the opposite is true. As technology has advanced so has assistive technology — devices and innovations that make the world more accessible for the disabled, and most importantly, allow them to live more independently. 


Assistive technology began with answering the most basic needs of the blind using computers by translating what was on a computer screen into audio, but has evolved into one of the most exciting areas of technological innovation today. Innovations in assistive technology have not always come cheap though. While some people can access assistive devices for free with government aid, customers paying retail can expect to hand over a hefty sum.

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The Architecture of Segregation

The Architecture of Segregation | educational implications | Scoop.it
Fifty years after the creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development — and nearly that long after the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 — the fight against the interlinked scourges of housing discrimination and racial segregation in America is far from finished. Economic isolation is actually growing worse across the country, as more and more minority families find themselves trapped in high-poverty neighborhoods without decent housing, schools or jobs, and with few avenues of escape.

This did not happen by accident. It is a direct consequence of federal, state and local housing policies that encourage — indeed, subsidize — racial and economic segregation. Fair housing advocates have recently been encouraged by a Supreme Court decision and new federal rules they see as favorable to their cause. Even so, there will be no fundamental change without the dismantling of policies that isolate the poor and that Paul Jargowsky, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University-Camden, and others call the “architecture of segregation.”

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The psychological poverty trap

The psychological poverty trap | educational implications | Scoop.it
The poor aren't less able, they're distracted, says poverty expert Eldar Shafir. Privileged people subjected to the same conditions would also make bad decisions. (#Poverty and #psychology. Good article.

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Failing Still to Address Poverty Directly: Growth Mindset as Deficit Ideology

Failing Still to Address Poverty Directly: Growth Mindset as Deficit Ideology | educational implications | Scoop.it
Briefly, deficit ideology is a worldview that explains and justifies outcome inequalities— standardized test scores or levels of educational attainment, for example—by pointing to supposed deficiencies within disenfranchised individuals and communities (Brandon, 2003; Valencia, 1997a; Weiner, 2003; Yosso, 2005). Simultaneously, and of equal importance, deficit ideology discounts sociopolitical context, such as the systemic conditions (racism, economic injustice, and so on) that grant some people greater social, political, and economic access, such as that to high-quality schooling, than others (Brandon, 2003; Dudley-Marling, 2007; Gorski, 2008a; Hamovitch, 1996). The function of deficit ideology, as I will describe in greater detail later, is to justify existing social conditions by identifying the problem of inequality as located within, rather than as pressing upon, disenfranchised communities so that efforts to redress inequalities focus on “fixing” disenfranchised people rather than the conditions which disenfranchise them (Weiner, 2003; Yosso, 2005).

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Benefit cuts to trap five million UK children in poverty by 2020 - report

Benefit cuts to trap five million UK children in poverty by 2020 - report | educational implications | Scoop.it

A record five million children in the UK could be trapped in poverty by 2020, according to new research.


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The Institute for Fiscal Studies, referenced in the article, receives funding from the ESRC..

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Science, values and the limits of measurement

Science, values and the limits of measurement | educational implications | Scoop.it
metrics are also damaging; particularly when naive counts or quantitative measures are used out of scope. And they are almost always out of scope. The metrics we have are at best proxies for some of the things we actually care about: influence, impact, importance and prestige. The report uses the term “indicators” in preference to “metrics” to emphasise both the usefulness and the limitations of these measures. To be useful they must be applied with a knowledge of what they can and cannot show.
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The road to resilience

The road to resilience | educational implications | Scoop.it
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences.
Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience. One example is the response of many Americans to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and individuals' efforts to rebuild their lives.
Being resilient does not mean that a person doesn't experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered major adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress.
Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.
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